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Apple's retail store in Glasgow, Scotland, has become the first UK store to officially vote in favor of forming a union.

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Staff at the Glasgow store had been eyeing unionization for some time and comes amid continued concerns for some employees over pay and working conditions. Staff at the Glasgow store are now set to use their unionization to push for higher hourly pay.

In response to the vote, Apple told The Herald it is "one of the highest paying retailers in Scotland" and it "regularly made enhancements to our industry-leading benefits as a part of the overall support we provide to our valued team members."

Apple has been attempting to ease concerns from retail staff over the last several months, encouraging store managers to be more open and direct with staff over their concerns and promising action to address them.

Article Link: Apple Store in Glasgow Makes History as First UK Store to Unionize
 
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dannyyankou

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In response to the vote, Apple told The Herald it is "one of the highest paying retailers in Scotland" and it "regularly made enhancements to our industry-leading benefits as a part of the overall support we provide to our valued team members."
Wrong answer Apple. The right thing to say at this moment is "we respect their decision and we will begin negotiations for a labor contract."
 

Freida

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Have you ever worked in retail especially in UK? You live from paycheck to paycheck and you pray that you don't have any emergency expenses (like broken something).
You also usually have to do flat share as UK is very expensive so until people have living wage then there is always need to have higher salaries especially when the company is so rich. These people work hard and should have reasonable balance.

How much is enough? Should a sales grunt make a million a year?
 

Mr. Dee

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Apple has to stop hiding behind these hollow ethos about making the world a better place. Its just a veneer on a culture that I suspect internally is very toxic. The cracks show when you have that procurement executive who made that silly comment and got canned. If it wasn't caught on video, you think Apple would have fired him? Apple at the end of the day is a big old stinking business and its in service to its shareholders, first and foremost. Don't forget that. Its just that they happen to make really great products.
 

frenchcamp49er

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Apple has to stop hiding behind these hollow ethos about making the world a better place. It’s just a veneer on a culture that I suspect internally is very toxic. The cracks show when you have that procurement executive who made that silly comment and got canned. If it wasn't caught on video, you think Apple would have fired him? Apple at the end of the day is a big old stinking business and it’s in service to its shareholders, first and foremost. Don't forget that. It’s just that they happen to make really great products.
Isn’t that what a business is literally supposed to do?
 

frenchcamp49er

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Have you ever worked in retail especially in UK? You live from paycheck to paycheck and you pray that you don't have any emergency expenses (like broken something).
You also usually have to do flat share as UK is very expensive so until people have living wage then there is always need to have higher salaries especially when the company is so rich. These people work hard and should have reasonable balance.
Maybe get a better job. What will you do when they start to automate?
 

RFolk

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I have family members working @Apple Store. It's not fun, you can't imagine the amount of pressure build up especially hitting certain number (sales , worked hours) with no respect on personal life. Someone said in the above comments , Apple culture is toxic . YES it is ..
Of course, one might think "go find an other job" and that is condescending. You proved yourself at your job , invested years into becoming better and then someone slaps you in the face with "your store needs more hours, more of that , or this " . It has to be a balance work-life . In USA, you live to work , that is apple.
 

jimbobb24

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Still baffled by this development. Plumbers form a union because they have skills and maybe it can help their field. Retail has very skills…you can be replaced in a day. You can be replaced by a website or a kiosk. I just don’t understand the movement. I know unions are dying and all organizations above all want to grow so they are looking for new members…but it just starts to make it seem like unions just exist to suck money from corporations and not to promote a trade.
 
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